Air Pollution Source: Outdoor Burning

plant based burning grand junction coOutdoor burning air pollution, Redlands, spring 2015.

The Grand Valley has had a long tradition of residential yard waste burning and agricultural field burning, which is contributing to our air pollution problems. What might have been an acceptable practice 50 years ago when the population was 50,000 people no longer works in a metropolitan area of over 150,000 residents and growing.

Residential burning

In 2013, Citizens for Clean Air began to study the outdoor burning issue for residential properties, and in 2016 we worked with the City of Grand Junction and the Grand Junction Fire Department. In January 2017, the City passed Ordinance #4733 that prohibits open burning within City limits on properties of less than one acre, and further defines how burns should be conducted on larger properties. The new City Ordinance also regulates size and location of outdoor fire pits, which materials can and cannot be burned, and shortened the open burn season: Ordinance No. 4733.

It is never legal to burn trash either in an indoor fireplace or an outdoor open burn. Burning trash creates dioxins, which can contaminate the soil around the burn area and be carried upwind to contaminate your neighbors soil as well.

Agricultural field burning

Farm operators must get a permit from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office


When we know better, we have the opportunity to do better!